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Matthew Berry Learns the Harsh Reality of Draft Grades After His Own Draft Gets Low Marks


Matthew Berry may be out of fantasy football at ESPN, but he's not out of fantasy football. The longtime ESPN employee moved to NBC Sports this summer, and the change in employers also means a change in his fantasy football platform.

NBC has a deal with Yahoo!, so Berry will now play on Yahoo! Fantasy -- the most superior platform on the market according to our sources. With the change, Berry is subjected to Yahoo! Fantasy's greatest feature: draft grades.

Don't even think about calling him a fantasy football expert after you see the marks he received.


Matthew Berry's Atrocious Draft Grade

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Here's how Berry's roster shaped out. For reference, he plays in a 1 quarterback, 2 running back, 3 wide receiver, 1 tight end, 1 flex, 1 kicker, 1 defense and 5 bench spot half-PPR league.

QB: Josh Allen

RB: Jonathan Taylor, Christian McCaffrey, Derrick Henry, Dalvin Cook, Joe Mixon


WR: Cooper Kupp, Justin Jefferson, Ja'Marr Chase, Stefon Diggs, Deebo Samuel

TE: Travis Kelce, Mark Andrews

K: Justin Tucker

DEF: Buffalo Bills


Now, for those of you unfamiliar with Yahoo!, it bases draft grades on projected points and then projects where you'll finish in the league based on those points. With a laughable roster like Berry's, Yahoo! gave him a D, which is generous if I say so myself.

Here's the computer's writeup:

"Ouch! This year, running backs who only come in for third-down pass protection, receivers who set picks on the edge and quarterbacks who specialize in the QB sneak project to score the most points. Get a clue, idiot."

With a grade like that, Berry has already mailed it in before the season started.


"Rule No. 1 in fantasy football is your season lives and dies by the draft grade," Berry said. "Everyone knows fantasy is a game with little deviation and luck, so when the computers project me to finish last with a 2-12 record, what's the point?"

The biggest blow, however, comes socially.

"Conversations in the fall revolve around pretending to care about other people's fantasy football teams," he continued. "One of the few things that make it bearable is talking about your team and forcing people to pretend to be interested. It's a give-and-take. But, without a team of my own, where's the take?"

Let this be a lesson to all you fantasy football players out there. If your draft grade isn't at least an A, call it. Your season is done.


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